IEM Shout Out – 2019-08 Talk on “Fixed Offshore Structures”

July 31, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 3rd August 2019 by Dr. Ir. Rafee Makbol Mohamed Ali. It is worth 2 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM.

An offshore installation for the oil and gas industry is typically designed for specific duration that subjects to reservoir capacity and recuperation of CAPEX. For some installations in which the outputs are still good in production and found to be above the initial estimate, the Owner tends to extend the platform operation within the specific duration after the expiry of the design life. The platform life extension offers the opportunity to maximise the value of capital investment by minimising the net cost of new field new development. The approach not only a means of developing a field on a faster schedule but also a cost-effective manner especially for re-use and making installations in marginal fields viable and sustainable.

Structural requirements and design parameters for platform integrity will be discussed as in some countries, platform life extension requires certification and approval by National Regulatory Body. Therefore, the present offshore installation has to fulfil the latest Codes guidelines and to have sufficient strength to account for the latest change in environmental conditions.

Dr. Ir. Rafee Makbol Mohamed Ali is a Structural Engineer with over 29 years of experience in fabrication, design, installation and certification of offshore installations. He started his career working in fabrication then had joined several design Consultants in Kuala Lumpur prior to pursuing PhD at Imperial College London. He then joined Atkins (UK) as Lead Structural Engineer for design of wind farm substations and metrological platforms. Left UK to joint Independent Verification Body (IVB) in KL as Team Leader/Structural Specialist for certification and validation of offshore installations and later was with Oil & Gas Design Consultant Company as Lead Structural Engineer..

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IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 One Day Course on “Offshore Sand Separation: Design, Operation and Maintenance”

July 1, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 23rd July 2019 It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Dr. John Eow.

In the upstream offshore oil & gas production, effective and efficient sand separation and management are vital, since the presence of sand particles and solids in wellhead production lines are likely to cause erosion and blockage issues in the subsequent downstream equipment at production platforms. As a consequence, dangerous incidents, such as failures of flowlines, production vessels, pumps and control valves, have a higher risk of occurring. Moreover, oily sands discharged into the sea are also an environmental concern.

This full-day course is designed to educate the participants on the engineering design, operation and maintenance of the technologies for the removal and cleaning of the sands and solids prior to discharge. Proven sand removal technologies, such as wellhead desanders, produced water desanding hydrocyclones, sand fluidizers, and sand cleaning systems are commonly used in the upstream oil & gas production. However, these sand removal and cleaning systems need to be designed and operated correctly to ensure optimized separation performance.

Ir. Dr. John Eow is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Professional Engineer (BEM), with more than 15 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, having worked with sand separation and management, produced water treatment, crude oil dehydration-desalting, seawater treatment & injection, and gas processing technologies and equipment.   He also conduct lectures in chemical and process engineering at Singapore Institute of Technology. Dr. John obtained his B.Eng in Chemical Engineering (1st Class Hons) and PhD in 1998 and 2002, respectively, from University of Surrey, UK.   His PhD work was on electrostatic water-oil treatment technology.   Over the years, he has worked as a technology specialist with oil & gas technology-provider companies, such as Global Process Systems (Malaysia), Keppel Offshore and Marine (Singapore), Cameron Process Systems (Singapore, Japan and Malaysia), and EDES Technology Malaysia.   His experiences cover a wide range from Technical and Commercial Proposal to Detailed Engineering to Commissioning to Production Improvement & Troubleshooting for oil & gas processes and technologies.   He has also conducted technical training and process improvement work for Saudi ARAMCO, SABIC, PETRONAS, Sarawak SHELL, CNOOC, Murphy Oil Sarawak, Husky Oil Energy, GAIL India, Transwater API, CPOC, Boustead-Salcon Water Solutions, etc.

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IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 One Day Course on “Offshore Sand Separation: Design, Operation and Maintenance”

June 24, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 23rd July 2019 It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Dr. John Eow.

In the upstream offshore oil & gas production, effective and efficient sand separation and management are vital, since the presence of sand particles and solids in wellhead production lines are likely to cause erosion and blockage issues in the subsequent downstream equipment at production platforms. As a consequence, dangerous incidents, such as failures of flowlines, production vessels, pumps and control valves, have a higher risk of occurring. Moreover, oily sands discharged into the sea are also an environmental concern.

This full-day course is designed to educate the participants on the engineering design, operation and maintenance of the technologies for the removal and cleaning of the sands and solids prior to discharge. Proven sand removal technologies, such as wellhead desanders, produced water desanding hydrocyclones, sand fluidizers, and sand cleaning systems are commonly used in the upstream oil & gas production. However, these sand removal and cleaning systems need to be designed and operated correctly to ensure optimized separation performance.

Ir. Dr. John Eow is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Professional Engineer (BEM), with more than 15 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, having worked with sand separation and management, produced water treatment, crude oil dehydration-desalting, seawater treatment & injection, and gas processing technologies and equipment.   He also conduct lectures in chemical and process engineering at Singapore Institute of Technology. Dr. John obtained his B.Eng in Chemical Engineering (1st Class Hons) and PhD in 1998 and 2002, respectively, from University of Surrey, UK.   His PhD work was on electrostatic water-oil treatment technology.   Over the years, he has worked as a technology specialist with oil & gas technology-provider companies, such as Global Process Systems (Malaysia), Keppel Offshore and Marine (Singapore), Cameron Process Systems (Singapore, Japan and Malaysia), and EDES Technology Malaysia.   His experiences cover a wide range from Technical and Commercial Proposal to Detailed Engineering to Commissioning to Production Improvement & Troubleshooting for oil & gas processes and technologies.   He has also conducted technical training and process improvement work for Saudi ARAMCO, SABIC, PETRONAS, Sarawak SHELL, CNOOC, Murphy Oil Sarawak, Husky Oil Energy, GAIL India, Transwater API, CPOC, Boustead-Salcon Water Solutions, etc.

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IEM Shout Out – 2019-06 Talk on “Environmental Forces Effect on Structure Decommissioning Operation”

June 20, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 22nd June 2019. It is worth 2 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The talk will be presented by yours truly, so come and fill seats, especially since I am giving it during the fasting month.

Recently, aging, abandoned and unused offshore oil and gas platforms, subsea completion and related structures, with more than 600 projects are planned to be decommissioned within 5 years period. Studies made recently expects expenditure on offshore decommissioning projects to increase from approximately $2.4 billion in 2015 to &13 billion-per-year by 2040, a major increase of 540%. The challenges related to lifting and lowering technology is the weight of the structures to be installed, which combined with the dynamic response, can exceed the capacity of the lifting system. The harsh environment is acknowledged as the greatest challenge that should be carefully considered. Typically, such analysis on the structure at the splash zone governs the expected major loadings in the hoisting system and in turn the allowable sea state since the water particle kinematics is larger in the splash zone and computationally simulated to predict the total motion. In this study, the DNV Recommended Practice for Modelling and Analysis of Marine Operation (DNV-RP-H103, April 2009) is used as guidelines with emphasis on the hydrodynamic coefficients and analysis methodology for the splash zone down crossing analysis, which is considered to be the operation limiting criteria.

Ir. Mohd Fakhruddin, an energetic engineer with years of experience working in offshore, oil and gas engineering, focusing on transportation installation offshore structures. Graduated from Australian Maritime College, AMC in Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore System) in 2011, involved in the oil and gas industry as CFD Project Engineer at BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd., and continues his career progression as Naval Architect at Sapura Energy in 2013 to 2019.Currently working as Subsea Installation Engineer at McDermott APAC. In 2015, he continues his study in Master of Science, UMT as a part time student, graduated on November 2018. Dedicated and experienced Naval Architect/Subsea Engineer in all phases of engineering operations related to hydrodynamic problems.

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IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 One Day Course on “HAZOP Training for Team Members”

June 17, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day course on the 16th July 2019. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by myself

A Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study is a formal, systematic and detailed examination of new or existing facilities. It focusses on the process, rather than risks from ‘outside the pipe’, which are better analysed using other studies such as HIREC/ HAZID/ HER. A HAZOP assesses the hazard potential, causes and consequences on a facility when there are deviations to the operating conditions, or the manner of operations. Existing safeguards need are reviewed to determine whether they can eliminate the cause or minimise the consequence.

This full day course is designed to educate participants in the HAZOP process from the perspective of a HAZOP team member.

Ir. Razmahwata has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in both design and operations. He has upstream and downstream experience in process safety, measurement and allocation, process engineering, offshore technical support, and is also a training provider. He has conducted Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) and HSE Case workshops, for example HAZID, HAZOP, Hazards & Effects Register (HER), BowTie, safety critical element (SCE) /   performance standard (PS) reviews. Ir. Razmahwata is currently a Director of IGL Services Sdn. Bhd. His current technical roles involve leading technical safety assessments and workshops, measurement and allocation reviews, and providing training on HAZOP, SIL and SIL LOPA methods.

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IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 Technical Visit to Technical Visit to LNG Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP)

June 13, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a visit on the 22nd July, 2019.

The Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP) is under the purview of Petronas Gas Berhad (PGB), a public-listed company on Bursa Malaysia. PGB operates and maintains the offshore Regasification Terminal in Sungai Udang, Melaka (RGTSU) and the onshore Regasification Terminal in Pengerang, Johor (RGTP).

RGTP provides primary gas supply to RAPID, Pengerang Co-Generation Plant (PCP) and the Peninsular Gas Utilization (PGU) pipeline grid to augment the availability of gas in the country. RGTP offers Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) unloading and reloading, storage, handling and regasification.

The plant has a capacity of 3.5 mtpa (million-tonnes per annum) and began its commercial operation in 2017. The plant receives LNG vessels carrying LNG imported from around the world, store it in storage tanks and convert the LNG into gas, before injecting it into the PGU pipeline grid for distribution to customers.

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Shout Out – IEM Engineer’s Run 2019-08

June 13, 2019

Come, don’t sweat for me, sweat with me.

IEM Engineers Run 2019 is just around the corner, in conjunction with The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia 60th Anniversary Celebration! Do register yourself here (https://jomrun.com/event/iem-engineers-run-2019) and be part of the celebration! Don’t miss the chance, register now and enjoy early bird offer. All participants will be entitled to get a sublimation T-shirt, medal, and race goodie bag. IEM members enjoy RM5 rebate upon race kit collection.